BBL’s Books of the Year: Healthy Body

Each week in December, Books for Better Living will feature our list of top books for the year in the following categories: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life and Best Books of 2011. This week we put together a list of 2011’s best Healthy Body books to keep you healthy and fit all year long!

The Dukan Diet by Dr. Pierre Dukan

Forget about why French women don’t get fat. This year’s hot diet book was all about why the French stay skinny. Dr. Dukan’s revolutionary method, which has helped millions in France, focuses on 4 stages—Attack, Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilization—that help transform your body to your “true weight.” After the diet, you can eat whatever you want, with one catch—one day a week, you must eat only protein. With a cookbook coming early next year, full of protein-heavy recipes, that’s something we can live with! –Katie Conneally

The Book of Better by Chuck Eichten

More than 30 years ago, Chuck Eichten was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. This year he created the book he wishes someone had given him, compiling the (sometimes unconventional) lessons he and his doctors have learned about what you should do to make life with diabetes better, and what you shouldn’t do–or, as Chuck advises his readers, “Save time, learn from the idiot.” Chuck is an award-winning designer and former cartoonist, and the fresh, fun design of this book makes it compulsively readable—even for a reader who doesn’t have diabetes.  The Book of Better doesn’t look or sound like any other book on the health bookshelf. –Anna Thompson

Room for Improvement by John Casey

From the author of Spartina, a joyous collection of essays about a lifetime of athletic pursuits. Casey’s enthusiasm for the ambitious and the peculiar—a mid-winter Outward Bound course in Maine, Judo, an impromptu birthday 70K—is infectious, proving that the surest way to get a healthy body is by having fun. –Pam Cortland

Everyday Food: Light by Martha Stewart

Everyday Food: Light features delicious, healthful recipes, all under 500 calories. Organized seasonally so you can take advantage of the freshest ingredients, this book shows you how to quickly make your favorite dishes in a way that’s light but nonetheless tempting.—Allison Malec

The Amen Solution by Daniel Amen

With an easy-to-follow weight loss plan targeted to your specific brain type and packed with information on how to beat cravings and emotional eating for good plus simple recipes for brain boosting food (like my favorite red, white, and blue smoothie), The Amen Solution will not only help you get slimmer but will help you get smarter, too. Who doesn’t want that? –Julia Pastore

Inner Beauty: Looking, Feeling and Being Your Best Through Traditional Chinese Healing by Xiaolan Zhao 

Xiolan is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor. Her book gives great insights for anyone struggling with the own image of self. She reflects on women who she literary “had to put back together” after they underwent severe beauty operation. She talks about the price these women are paying, as the operation interfere with the body’s energy system.  She goes on to talk about the underlying issues of women who undergo these surgeries which ultimately lies in self-acceptance and self-love. She reflects upon how growing up in the East women of older age were regarded as beautiful as they radiated so much wisdom. Inner Beauty is a truly beautiful read with actionable steps such as how to treat baby skin problems, acne in adolescence and beyond, rosacea, eczema, allergies and rashes, skin cancer, wrinkles. –Kerstin Hecker

Sweet & Skinny by Marisa Churchill

Love Reese’s, but don’t want the calories? How about Chocolate Cake? In Sweet & Skinny, by author Marisa Churchill, you’ll learn how to make mouthwatering desserts that taste like the real deal, without the fat and calories of the classics.—Allison Malec

Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them by Joe and Teresa Graedon

Did you know that the death toll from health care screwups adds up to at least 500,000 Americans annually? That makes it the third leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease and cancer! In Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them, patient advocates, bestselling authors, syndicated newspaper columnists and award-winning internationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts, Joe and Teresa Graedon, give patients the specific, practical steps needed to ensure their safety and health. This is a must-read for anyone dealing with doctors, hospitals or prescription medicines.—Christina Foxley


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